What Tanzania can learn from Bangladesh on energy access

Tanzanian delegation visting SHS in Faridpur, Bangladesh

Tanzanian delegation visting SHS in Faridpur, Bangladesh

“I have a dream of empowering 75 million people of Bangladesh through Renewable Energy Technologies”. This is how, back in 1996, Dipal C. Barua, now founder of the Bright Green Energy Foundation, decided to start expanding RE in Bangladesh and make the country the first solar nation of the world by 2020. …continue reading →

April 28, 2016   No Comments

Appeal – No more delays: Transition to 100% Renewable Energy now

No more delays: Transition to 100% Renewable Energy now

In mid-April the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) formally submitted its draft proposal for the Renewable Energy Act 2016 (EEG 2016). This marks the beginning of the official political process to convert the successful Feed-in Tariff law into a tendering model. Numerous experts and politicians are concerned that this in fact slows down the German Energiewende and, consequently, puts at stake meeting the country`s climate protection targets. Hereby Germany risks losing its global pioneering role on this important issue. Due to this reason, Members of the Bundestag across all represented parties, as well as the mayor of Frankfurt, Peter Feldmann, (SPD) and the Member of the European Parliament Jo Leinen (SPD) have formulated the following appeal to the German federal government: …continue reading →

April 21, 2016   No Comments

Cities must be Regenerative. But what kind of Regeneration are we actually talking about?

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Bosco Verticale, Milan (Source: wikimedia.org)

IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE REGENERATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES BUT IT IS ALSO NOT JUST ABOUT WHAT IS COMMONLY REFFERED AS URBAN REGENERATION. AS THE TERM REGENERATIVE APPEARS MORE AND MORE WITHIN THE INTERNATIONAL DISCOURSE ON CITIES, CLARITY OVER ITS ACTUAL MEANING IS PARAMOUNT.

The term ‘regenerative´ is becoming increasingly popular in the discussion around sustainable urban development and especially relevant now as it gets frequently mentioned within the UN discourse leading up to Habitat III. For example, the term has recently been re-adopted in the official document of the UN World Urban Campaign as one of the 10 final Principles of The City We Need 2.0.  The 6th principle explicitly states that “The City We Need is Regenerative and resilient”. The terms is also mentioned several times throughout this document as well as in other UN preparatory documents towards Habitat III such as the final Policy Paper 8 Urban Ecology and Resilience.

But what does Regenerative actually mean?

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April 7, 2016   No Comments